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Conserving Cuzco School Paintings

Feb 4, 2021 7 MINUTES
Follow the conservation treatment and research of “Emblem of Folly,” a painting from colonial Cuzco. This is one of ten paintings in the Cuzco School style that were recently gifted to The Met as part of the Museum’s effort to collect works from colonial Latin America. José Luis Lazarte Luna, Assistant Conservator in Paintings Conservation, who was born and raised in Lima, Peru, says that conservation can “shine a light on those communities or artists that have not had the focus before.” These paintings have many unknowns, from the identities of their Indigenous makers to the materials they used. Committed study of these works can help create a better understanding of Latinx cultural identity and history.

Featured object:

Emblem of Folly, Unknown artist, Peru, 18th century. Oil on canvas, 49 5/8 x 43 5/16 in. (126 x 110 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Clifford Ming Teh Li, in honor of James Kung Wei Li and Julie Chu Lu Li, 2018 (2018.836.1)

Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies

Managing Producer: Kate Farrell
Producer: Sarah Cowan
Associate Producer: Melissa Bell
Editor: Alex Guns
Camera: Alex Guns, Stephanie Wuertz
Additional Camera: Wayne De La Roche
Production Coordinator: Bryan Martin
Production Assistant: Anna Oehklers, Rachel Smith
Original Music: Austin Fisher
Intro Animation: Stephanie Wuertz
Graphic Design: Natasha Mileshina

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